The MG Hector, an India-bound SUV based on the Baojun 530, will be sold as the 2019 Chevrolet Captiva in the Thai car market. The new model has been showcased at this year's Bangkok International Motor Show and will launch by mid-2019. It will have a sticker price of less than 1 million baht (INR 21,71,035).
Speaking on the motor show debut of the 2019 Chevrolet Captiva, Ms Piyanuch Chaturaphat, Sales & Marketing General Director of Chevrolet Sales Thailand has said -
The All-New Captiva is positioned to overlap the fast-growing SUV-B and SUV-C segments. Captiva will be especially attractive for customers looking to get into their first SUV; offering expressive style, life-sized space and smart technology, all wrapped in a smart-value package.
The Chevrolet Captiva will be sold in both five-seat and seven-seat configurations. The company has revealed that the new model will draw power from a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. While full specifications are yet to be disclosed, it's believed that the turbo-petrol mill would offer a maximum power of 147 hp and a peak torque of 230 Nm. The motor will come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
While the MG Hector features a bold chrome-infused wire mesh upper grille, the 2019 Chevrolet Captiva features a simpler-looking unit that has three black horizontal and a centrally-placed bowtie. The rear of the new model has an uncanny resemblance with the Audi Q5 and features similar wrap-around tail lamps and tailgate. The company has even displayed a motor show-special unit, which features a dual-tone paint scheme and black-painted Vossen mag rims.
Meanwhile, the MG Hector will reportedly launch in India in May this year. It is being said that the new model will be sold in a price range of INR 13-16 lakh (ex-showroom). The new model will be available with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an FCA-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged oil-burner.